Instructional Theory, Methodology, & Research

This page lists the confirmed breakout sessions at the 2022 Literacy Texas Annual Conference with the primary topic of Instructional Theory, Methodology, & Research. Secondary topics are listed with each session.

Building a Reflective Teaching Practice

Teaching and tutoring require a lot of practice! But it’s important that we build systems that help us see how we’re doing and where we can bolster our effectiveness as educators.

In this training, we’ll learn what it means to be reflective about our work and what it would look like to teach reflectively. We’ll also discuss how a reflective teaching practice can increase social change and equitability in our education community.

Presenter: Keighty Ward
Organization: Literacy Works

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS diversity, equity, & inclusion
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

Back to the Basics: Improving Student Learning Through Delivery of Instruction

Many of us working in adult education were trained to teach children. However, adult students have a variety of experiences, making some learned instructional strategies not as effective.

In this presentation you will learn the basics of adult learning theory, and we’ll talk about differentiated instruction as a reflection of adult learning theory, including how it can improve adult learner outcomes.

And I promise, I’ll do my best to make this entertaining!

Presenter: Ann Beeson, M. Ed.
Organization: New Readers Press

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS HSE, ASE, ABE - Adult Basic Literacy
ALSO COVERS learning differences & disabilities
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

Improvement Science: Implementing PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) Cycles for Results

The aim of improvement science is to take a scientific approach to continuous improvement that will produce results towards a goal.

During this session, you will learn about the basics of improvement science and how PDSA (plan, do, study, act) cycles can be used to make the most of data while progressing towards student goals.

Presenter: Brittany White
Organization: Houston ISD

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS program evaluation & data management
ALSO COVERS staff & program management for nonprofits
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

Using the Science of Reading and Balanced Literacy to Support Critical Thinking

In this session, you will learn how to take the elements from the Science of Reading and Balanced Literacy and create a framework for a powerful, innovative, and effective literacy classroom that supports and encourages critical thinking.

You will take away tools that will enable you to help students move forward and help them be lifelong learners with strong critical thinking skills.

Presenters: Melissa Alexander-Blythe, Tiffany Neal
Organization: Keller ISD

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY but some prior knowledge helpful.
ALSO COVERS learning differences & disabilities
ALSO COVERS program evaluation & data management
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

Brain Hacks: Teaching Moves that Deepen Understanding and Strengthen Recall

There’s a lot of murky “brain-based” teaching advice floating around out there. This session will seek to dispel some common neuromyths.

It will then present several proven, research-based instructional strategies that teachers can begin using in their lessons right away to strengthen learning. With each strategy, participants will also explore an EdTech tool they can use to facilitate that instructional move in the classroom.

BEGINNER-FRIENDLY SESSION
ALSO COVERS ESLELL - English Language Learning
ALSO COVERS HSE, ASE, ABE - Adult Basic Literacy
OF MOST USE TO Classroom Instructors

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